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Aug 152012
 

Scooby-Doo and the gang face their most treacherous mystery yet in Scooby Doo: Camp Scare. In this adventure, Mystery Inc. heads over to Fred’s old summer camp, Camp Little Moose, to serve as camp counselors. Fred is more excited than anyone.

After arriving, they meet Burt the head counselor and Forest Ranger Knudsen, who tell then that an axe maniac called the Woodsman haunts the camp. With everyone scared off, Camp Little Moose will have to be closed down. However, Fred convinces Burt to keep the camp open in order for Mystery Inc. to find out what’s going on.

 

Just then, three campers arrive. They are Luke an enthusiastic young man, Trudy a shy computer genius, and Deacon a kid with asthma. While Fred, Daphne, and Velma do activities with the kids, Shaggy and Scooby prepare supper. I can’t help but feel sorry for Fred because he tries so hard to be a good counselor, but no one takes him seriously.

As it turns out, the Woodsman isn’t the only monster running loose. There’s also a sea creature called the Fish Man, who haunts a lake over at the neighboring camp, Camp Big Moose. The main difference between the two camps is that Camp Big Moose is more refined and Camp Little Moose is run down. Much to Fred’s dismay, the gang goes to Big Moose Lake and has a large time. That is until the Fish Man comes for them.

After escaping, the mystery becomes even stranger when some equipment from Camp Big Moose goes missing, which includes an RV. Velma finds out that it’s in Shadow Canyon, which is haunted by another monster called the Specter of Shadow Canyon. This one is as creepy as a banshee. Now this is the first time Mystery Inc. faces three completely different haunts in one feature.

This was a really adventurous movie. You can only imagine what kind of spooky mysteries Mystery Inc. will encounter next, considering how many they have had over the years.

One last note: I recently met two voice actors from this feature at Anime Festival Orlando 2012, Grey Delisle (Daphne) and Tara Strong (Trudy).

Aug 082012
 

It was a real pleasure meeting Tara Strong at Anime Festival Orlando 2012. She has voiced quite a few characters from cartoons I grew up watching, as well as some newer favorites. The following characters are just a few a my favorites.

Bubbles from Powerpuff Girls: She’s the sweet and sensitive member of the team. Her special powers include communicating with animals and her supersonic shriek. More importantly, Bubbles is level-headed when it comes to teamwork, especially when her sisters Blossom and Buttercup clash with one another.

Hip and Hop Koopa from Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World cartoons: They’re the youngest of the koopalings. In the video games, these two are known as Lemmy and Iggy Koopa and don’t have a whole lot in common. On the cartoons, they are twins who are hardly ever apart and often finish each other’s sentences.

On a side note, Tara Strong told me that she was about 14 years old when she voiced these characters.

Hello Kitty from Hello Kitty’s Furrytale Theater: That’s right. Tara Strong voiced the lead in a Hello Kitty cartoon. On this show, Hello Kitty and her friends put on plays based on iconic stories. Hello Kitty usually plays the lead and/or the princess in these productions, since she is the leadership figure of the group.

Patty Putty from Garbage Pail Kids cartoon: Though meant to be grotesque, she has useful stretching abilities and can bounce around.

Lena Dupree from Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island: She’s an excellent chef who works in a house on Moonscar Island, but has a dark secret. Her southern charm lures people to the island before they become zombies.

Lil’ Red and Fairy from Shrek 2 video game: Like many video games based on movies, they are made more interesting by adding extra story lines and characters that were not featured in the films themselves. Shrek 2 for Playstation 2 is a good example.

Lil’ Red and Fairy were not in the movie, but were interesting allies for Shrek and the gang. Lil’Red can fight enemies with her picnic basket and can throw apples accurately, thanks to her softball pitching skill. Fairy is one tough little lady who can throw fairy dust to take out enemies.

I know Tara Strong has voiced many characters over the years. What are some of your favorites?